Gosport sailors stage drumhead ceremony honouring First World War heroes 

Pictured back to front ET Puffett and AET Rochelle at HMS Sultan's drumhead ceremony. Photo: Royal Navy
Pictured back to front ET Puffett and AET Rochelle at HMS Sultan's drumhead ceremony. Photo: Royal Navy
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SAILORS from one of the area's main military bases united for a drumhead ceremony paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for Queen and country.

Personnel from across HMS Sultan rallied together for the Remembrance service ahead of Armistice Day on Sunday.

Captain Peter Towell OBE laying a wreath at HMS Sultan's Remembrance event. Photo: Royal Navy

Captain Peter Towell OBE laying a wreath at HMS Sultan's Remembrance event. Photo: Royal Navy

The short ceremony, which uses neatly piled drums as an altar, was held with senior officers – including Captain Peter Towell Sultan’s commanding officer who was among those observing a two-minute silence.

Wreaths were laid by bearers from across HMS Sultan, including civilian personnel and the youngest air and marine engineering trainees at the base.

Reverend David Conroy who led the service said: ‘As ever, Remembrance gives us the opportunity to join with the rest of the nation in a spirit of gratitude as we stop and reflect on the sacrifices made by so many on our behalf.

‘This year is even more significant as we mark 100 years since the armistice that ended world war one. We remember that our freedom has been won at great cost – and it is something that we should all cherish.’

On Sunday sailors from HMS Sultan will join Remembrance events at the Gosport war memorial and the Fleet Air Arm memorial, at Lee-on-the-Solent, as well as the major ceremony in Portsmouth.